UOW Crusaders Elite
Rugby Camp

The first of its kind

The University of Wollongong has partnered with the most successful Super Rugby team on the planet to deliver a truly unique program. Over a 3-day period, Crusaders coaches will work with aspiring players to help them improve their rugby skills.

The UOW Crusaders Elite Rugby Camp allows participants to expand their knowledge and develop their game from the knowledge and expertise of qualified Crusaders coaches.

The next edition of this program will be held from Wednesday 12 to Friday 14 April 2023 at a venue TBC in the eastern suburbs of Sydney.

To be eligible, you need to be a senior high school student (year 9, 10, 11 and 12) who is keen to participate in an intensive rugby training program, which covers more than just the on-field components of the game.

Program details

Elite Rugby Camp Key Dates

Program dates 12 - 14 April 2023
Registrations close 6 April 2023




All Sessions (including compulsory evening sessions)
Giveaway items (UOW Crusaders branded drink bottle)
Individual technical report
Lunch provided



The program is open to male and female rugby players in years 9, 10, 11 and 12 who are looking for an intensive rugby training program which covers more than just the on-field components of the game. 

Program Structure 

Elite Rugby Camp Schedule - April 2023
Time / Date Wednesday 12 April Thursday 13 April Friday 14 April
10:15 am Introduction Student arrival
10:30 am Training session Training session + recovery session Training session
12:15 pm Lunch break
1:00 pm Nutrition class UOW presentation Analysis session
2:00 pm Field session + recovery Gym introduction Training session
3:15 pm Return to the common room for parent/guardian collection

 Please note this schedule is subject to change closer to the program.

What's included?

Participants will receive:

  • A unique opportunity to train in a professional environment which is normally only experienced by professional and national team rugby players.
  • On-field coaching from Crusader International Academy coaches who have spent time learning with the Crusaders & Crusaders Academy in Christchurch.
  • Insurance under the University of Wollongong's wider sports participation policy.
  • UOW Crusaders branded drink bottle
  • Off-field sessions to assist your development including:
    • Video analysis sessions
    • Basic nutrition education
    • Gym introduction
    • Recover sessions and education

Frequently asked questions

Q: What level of rugby ability do I need to join the Program?

A: The standard level for participants is some level of schoolboy or club rugby. However, we consider each potential participant on an individual basis. We look at your current level, future goals, how much you can improve by going through this program and other factors. If you are not sure about your current rugby ability, please reach out to us via the ‘Contact us’ tab, and a team member will be happy to guide you. 

Q: Why should I choose this program over others that are out there?

A: Our Elite Rugby Camp is unique in that we are the only program in Australia offering coaches who have coached and learnt the ‘Crusader Way'. Our coaches have coached with the Crusaders Academy and Canterbury teams for a number of years and worked with players at the highest levels of rugby development. Our off-field staff are also some of the best in the industry who will use their knowledge and experience to deliver the highest quality program in the market.

Q: What will I get out of this program?

A: The Elite Rugby Camp is an abbreviated version of the UOW Crusaders Global Rugby Program which is a program available to UOW students. That program runs across the academic year, for 36 weeks. All aspects of that program have been replicated into the three days of the Elite Rugby Camp which will give you a better understanding of the tactical and technical areas of the game, basic nutrition education, recovery education and strategies, gym introduction, physical testing and an introduction to UOW from an academic perspective.

Q: Why did UOW partner with the Crusaders?

A: Crusaders Rugby are the best Super Rugby team in history, so it will be exciting to have them at UOW coaching UOW students passionate about rugby. Crusaders are world-renowned for their coaching success and have a long history in player and coach development with their Crusaders Academy in both Christchurch and Nelson sites. The academy allows the Crusaders to mould potential recruits into the best professional players they can be. The club’s proven record at producing exceptional talent speaks for itself: In each of the last three World Cup cycles, the Crusaders have produced more All Blacks than any of the other New Zealand Super Rugby sides.

Contact Us

If you have any questions that aren’t answered on this website, please feel free to contact our team on the below details:

Email: uow-crusaders@uow.edu.au
Phone: 02 4298 1525


Register Now

Registrations will open in the coming weeks. Please check back on our website soon!

Student throwing a rugby
Man catching football
All Blacks great Reuben Thorne leads a training session with young rugby players at UOW.
I am excited to welcome players to experience our Elite Rugby Camp and enjoy a few days the life of a Crusaders Player. This Camp is a unique opportunity to get first-hand experience of the 'Crusader Way' and improve your game. Joining our family will give players an understanding of what it takes to get to the next level. Andy Gibson Crusaders Coach

Our coaches

It’s not every day you have the opportunity to be coached by qualified international coaches. Read more about those running our program here.

Meet the team
Andy Gibson